‘IRIS’ new 2012 Igneous Flame Album:
I have a new album in the pipeline, it’s working title is ‘IRIS’ and I’m planning to have it finished and released by the end of this year. In terms of format and duration it could go any number of ways at the moment. A lot of time has gone into the work-in-progress as it stands and there’s still a lot of work that needs doing yet ! I’m striving for something with a wider tonal sound ‘palette’ and some different (to me) processes and ways of working with this album. More information will be posted nearer the release time.
Independent Artist Musings:
I’ve been giving a bit of thought as to how independent most (ambient) musicians are these days and how this is accepted as the norm, contrasting this with how things were up until relatively recently shows how fast things are changing. We have so much more control over the whole creative process than ever before. In particular, the general demise of the CD has some interesting implications for what is considered to be ‘normal’ album length and the means to get an artists music up on all the download sites for a relatively small outlay is nothing short of revolutionary, when this is compared to the ‘exclusive club’ of artists who were able to release pressed CDs in the past.
These musings may make it into a separate blog post if I can make my ramblings a tad more coherent !
Mini review (Korg microKEY25):
I’d been using a Korg nanoKEY2 as a rough and ready keyboard controller for some time now and some of it’s keys have started to ‘stick’, so I bought the new Korg microKEY25 to replace it with. I’ve already got the original 37 Key microKEY and I like it’s keys and general build quality. The micro25 uses the same nifty mini-keys as the original and has a dual function pitch wheel/modulation wheel, a simple (but useful) arppegiator and a sustain button ! (which the original version lacked). Overall, it’s loads better than the nanoKEY with it’s pretty horrid keys and less than optimal velocity sensitivity. The best thing in it’s favour was that it was compact, but the micro25 isn’t much bigger and is a whole lot better. Much recommended for use with a laptop/I-thingys.
I’ve been upgrading my main guitar recently (again !) and have rewired it a few times to try some things out. I play pretty much every day and I can see some improvements in my playing over time. I’ve done some new videos as a result of this, I sometimes wonder if this is something of a waste of time. Each video is usually the result of lots of takes and if nothing else, it’s good practice for improvising without making too many mistakes ! Anyway, here’s one of the most recent:
Recent Studio Images:
All taken from the studio with my Sony R1 (heavily processed on the whole).